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"Because we don't make the
lists public. We don't allow any
one to see them."
"Because we don't."
"You ought to let me see those
lists to clear yourself. It will look
bad for you if it is discovered that
you have been deputizing ex-convicts
and murderers and then
keeping the fact under cover."
"I won't let you see the lists,
but I know that neither the Bar
retts, Buck Masterson nor Teddy
Webb was deputized by this of
fice." The reporter went back to
"Zimmer says he didn't depu
tize them. Police Captain Meagh
er says they were deputized. Who
could have done it if not you or
"Maybe they were deputized
as special police after all," said
McWeeny. "Maybe this office
did give out the stars. You know
when Snell was murdered I was
walking the beat on which the
murder occurred. I never knew
anything about it though. I "
"If the Barrets were deputized
from this department who would
give them the stars?" asked the
"Assistant Chief Schuettler.
As I was saying, I didn't know
anything about the Snell mur
der. I was asleep up at the sta
tion when they came for me. And
do you know they sweated me
about it? Funny, wasn't it?"
"Very," said the reporter. "I
guess I'll go and see Schuettler
"All right, but come in again
and I'll tell you more about the
Snell murder. It's awfully inter
esting." The reporter went to Scheut
tler, and for the first time got di
"Yes," said Scheuttler, in re
ply to the first question. "The
Barretts were given stars from
this office during the newspaper
strike. After the Witt and Hehr
murders their stars were taken
away from them."
'Did anyone vouch for the
Barretts as being of such charac-.
ter that they might safely be en
trusted with stars and guns?"
"Yes," said Scheuttler. "I'm
not quite sure what his name is,
but he's the gentleman-from the
Examiner who used to fill my of
fice full of persons he wanted
given stars and guns. You can
find out all about that in the bur
eau of records."
The search in the bureau of
records did not take long. It was
discovered that Edward Barrett
was given a star on the recom
mendation of Saunders June 12,
1912, and his commission revoked
August 28, after the Hehr mur
on demand of Police Captain
Meagher. Charles Barrett was
given a star on Saunders' recom
mendation June 11, and his li
cense revoked August 26.
The reporter went back to
Chief McWeeny, and told him
what he had discovered from the
"Well, you see how it is," said
the chief. "Their commissions